KQ delays flights to Europe, cancels others over Sudan unrest

All flights to Khartoum remain cancelled until further notice.

In Summary
  • "All our flights to Khartoum remain cancelled until further notice."
  • The government of Kenya has since advised Kenyans who reside in Sudan to take precautionary measures amidst ongoing uncertainties. 
A KQ plane
A KQ plane
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Kenya Airways has delayed flights to and from Europe following the ongoing unrest in neighbouring Sudan. 

In a statement on Sunday, the national carrier said it has adjusted flight schedule by approximately one hour as the Sudanese Civil Aviation authorities have banned flights through their airspace.  

"All our flights to Khartoum remain cancelled until further notice. We continue to monitor and will share updates as soon as we have more information," the statement read. 

KQ advised the affected customers to contact its Customer Excellence Center via +254 711 024 747, WhatsApp: +254 705 474 747 or Email: [email protected].

"Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. The safety and well being of our crew and customers is our number one priority," the statement said.

The Kenyan government has since advised Kenyans in Sudan to take precaution amidst ongoing uncertainties. 

"We advise that you shelter in place, be careful, do not go outdoors and get in touch with us urgently," the government said in a statement.

The conflict began on Saturday when Rapid Support Forces paramilitary fighters attacked the army although the RSF says it was attacked first.

The RSF has claimed to be in control of the Republican Palace, the seat of the country's presidency, as well as Khartoum International Airport.

However, the military says it still controls all bases and airports.

On Sunday, the two sides announced a temporary ceasefire to allow are trapped in warzones to escape.

The ceasefire is also aimed at allowing those who have been injured to be evacuated to hospital.

Sudan's doctors' union said at least 57 people have so far died since the fighting erupted on Saturday.

The African Union, Arab states and the US have called for an end to the clashes and urged for talks aimed at restoring a civilian rule. 

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